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VeriSign, Inc. (Nasdaq: VRSN) today announced plans to open its Multilingual Domain Name Testbed to all characters in Unicode. This expansion will align the VeriSign testbed more closely with the current Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) proposals regarding the internationalization of domain names. The additional character support will begin on April 5, and will allow users to register domains names using characters from several additional languages, including Arabic, Hebrew, and Thai. For the first time, true second-level domain names in these languages can be registered in the .com, .net, and .org top-level domains.
Since the testbed opened for registration on November 10, 2000, over 850,000 multilingual domain names have been registered in just over four months. Registrations in the testbed can be made through the active ICANN-accredited registrars who have passed the multilingual certification. A list of these multilingual certified registrars can be found at the VeriSign Global Registry Services Web site: (http://www.verisign-grs.com/multilingual/customer.html).
Additional information about the testbed initiative is available to testbed participants, interested parties, and the general public through the Multilingual Testbed portion of the company's Web site (http://www.verisign- grs.com/multilingual/multilingual.html).
About VeriSign and its Multilingual Domain Name Testbed
VeriSign, Inc. is the leading provider of trusted infrastructure services to Web sites, enterprises, electronic commerce service providers and individuals. The company's domain name, digital certificate and payment services provide the critical Web identity, authentication and transaction infrastructure that online businesses require to conduct secure e-commerce and communications. VeriSign's services are available through its Web sites (www.verisign.com) or through its direct sales force and reseller partners around the world. VeriSign opened its testbed for the purpose of providing operational experience with proposed standards for deploying multilingual domain names and helping to identify practical multilingual solutions. By providing a functional, end-to- end environment, the testbed is intended to provide a tool for testing theories and gaining experience that can be used to mitigate risks associated with deploying multilingual domain names on the Internet. For additional information about the testbed, please refer to the documentation posted on the VeriSign Global Registry Services Web site (http://www.verisign- grs.com/multilingual/multilingual.html).
Statements in this announcement other than historical data and information constitute forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those stated or implied by such forward-looking statements. The potential risks and uncertainties include, among others, potential volatility in VeriSign's stock price, uncertainty of Internet privatization, increased competition in the domain name registration business including price competition, customer acceptance of new products and services offered by the company in addition to or as enhancements of its registration services, risks associated with the company's international business, uncertainty of future revenue and profitability and fluctuations in its quarterly operating results. More information about potential factors that could affect the company's business and financial results is included in VeriSign's filings with the securities and Exchange Commission, especially in the company's Registration Statement on Form S-4 filed on April 12, 2000, as amended, Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 1999 and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended September 30, 2000.
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/CONTACT: Media, Brian O'Shaughnessy, 650-429-5270, or boshaughnessy @verisign.com, or Investors, Katie Ochsner, 650-429-3512, or kochsner @verisign.com, both of VeriSign, Inc./